I'd have to admit most of us were a little apprehensive when this
"Wild" Irish American (and his skateboard) arrived in our quiet neighbourhood.
He was big, loud, brash and sure did curse a lot however, we quickly learned that
under this mountain of a man was a heart of gold. As we got to know him
we came to love and respect him as he worked hard to build a life for himself
and his young family in the country he loved so much. Unfortunately, it wasn't
to be, his dreams fell apart and Hugh bid a sad farewell to us towards the
end of 1987.
The years have past the kids are now grown men but none of them have forgotten
Hugh and the times he spent with them. Whenever I'd meet them on the road or
in the pub it was always "Any word from O'Boyle ?". Their eyes would light up as
they retold over and over again the adventures they shared with Hugh. How he saved
Steward Kelly's life when he fell into a pit in Luttrellstown Castle or the games of
"manhunt" they played in the surrounding countryside. The Summer Project outings
for the kids which Hugh would "supervise". Everyone of them had their favourite story
and they would speak with great pride about the "beatings" Hugh use to give them when
the young "Spudheads" stepped out of line.
Last week I had the sad task of telling these young men their hero had moved
on to a better place and was no longer with us. To a man they were broken-hearted
and have asked me to send their condolences to the O'Boyle family and his many
friends in San Francisco.
Deepest Sympathy from:
The Bassett Family Joe, Eilish and Conan, The Downes Family Helen, Michael, Catherine, Stephen and Jane, The O'Connell Family Mr & Mrs O'Connell and Jack, The Dillon Family Mr & Mrs Dillon Gabriel (Dill), Enda and Eoin, The Kirwin Family Angus, Anne, Tara, Aiden and Darren, The Good Family David, Peggy, Susan, Dave (Goodie) and Clare. The McKeown's, The Walshes, The Heffernans, The Salmons, The Kelly Family Mr & Mrs Kelly Stewart (Spudhead) and Ian,The Hughes Family Frank, Carol, Andrew (Yosser) and Francis and finally Mary (Clifford) and myself Jim Nolan. Ops, I nearly forgot "Snoopy",our dog, how could one finish a dedication to Hugh without mentioning one of the four legged creatures that he loved and cared for so much.
Jim Nolan - Clonsilla, Ireland
HE ONLY TAKES THE BEST
God saw he was getting tired
and a cure was not to be
So he put his arms around him
and whispered, "Come with me".
With tear-filled eyes we watched him
Suffer and fade away
Although we loved him deeply,
We could not make him stay.
A golden heart stopped beating
hard working hands put to rest
God broke our hearts to prove to us
He only takes the best
Dedicated in loving rememberance of Hugh James O'Boyle...
Sean, Sandi, Siobhan and Eoin O'Boyle
My family has a long history with the O'Boyle clan, Bridie is my godmother so the O'Boyle's and the McGoldrick's often hung out together. My most vibrant memory of Hugh is, well actually hilarious, of course. One Thanksgiving when he couldn't make it home, Hugh came knocking at our door in Concord. We were more than happy to have him join us. That Thanksgiving was probably the loudest one I have ever experienced. Hugh was very entertaining with his endless, action-filled stories and his fascination with calling me numbskull. I must admit, I was a little scared, but what matters is in my lifetime I know I will never meet anyone as characteristic as Hugh O'Boyle. Hell, if you are an O'Boyle, it is a given you are a good, warm-hearted person.
Megan McGoldrick a.k.a. Poopers
In loving memory of a family member.
The Sheehy Family, Manchester
Hugh, larger than life, once met never forgotten. We miss you. Our thoughts are with your family at this sad time.
The Sheehys, Liverpool.
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